Government agencies are currently obtaining our most private information without warrants – and spending millions of taxpayer dollars to do it. An ACLU lawsuit revealed records showing that several offices within the Department of Homeland Security are quietly buying and using cell phone location data from data brokers – personal information that is often collected from our smartphone apps without users even realizing it. This disturbing practice circumvents our Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures, and enables the government to identify and track us without our consent.
But the Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act could put a stop to this. The bipartisan bill would require the government to secure a court order before buying this kind of personal data from brokers – and we must urge our federal lawmakers to move forward with the legislation swiftly. Send a message to your members of Congress and tell them to pass this critically important bill immediately.
Message Recipients: Your U.S. Senators and House Representative